Heres the deal. My sister and brother in law have no camping equiptment whatso ever other than some sleeping bags. My girlfrind and I have spare bedding and pretty much everything else they would need to come away with the two of us - all bar one thing... A spare tent.
Well actually thats a lie, I have 2 spare dome tents. Ones very small and the other is very awkward to setup and take up a lot of room on a camp site.
But they are interested in purchasing a tent for themselves and looking to spend upto $250 - $300 on a good 4 - 6 person tent.
I believe for that kind of money you get a decent polyester dome.
$500 buys a good canvas dome so I could offer them my tent for say $150 (Caribee Challenger 4) and I could buy my self a new canvas dome. (why? because I want to see how good they are...).
The other option is that they arent really into the camping thing by themselves like my girlfreind at I are and would probably spend most of their time camping with us and as we get older I can only see tiny tots coming along with us too. So now im starting to think hrmm $1200 buys a rather large Cabin tent such as the OzTrail CHATEAU 12 Cabin tent.
Supposedly the chateau 12 sleeps 16 people - so im guessing it probably sleeps 10 comfortably. So the two couples and a few kids each...
My sisters husband is keen on this idea and going halfs in the cost - he is even willing to pay for it all up front and let me pay him off over 6 months (soudns good to me). How ever im a little dubious. Not about sharing a tent or having so many people in a tent. No im dubious about how much room is needed to setup a tent of that size. Surely a tent that size limits where you can camp. I know most of the national parks ive stayed in have quite small camping areas - we some times stuggle to set the Caribee challenger 4 and the tarp up over the kitchen on some of the sites weve stayed at.
So im more inclined to suggest that they just get their own dome - or smaller cabin tent that way they have their own tent if we are on smaller site then they can set up on a nearby site or if we have a large open site then we can setup close by.
The only issue i see with this idea is when kids do come along (not to distant future with my sister I'm lead to believe) that we would still need another tent or two to sleep kids in - which may bne an issue particularly when they are very young...